Component 04

Performance-Based Programming


Performance-Based Programming is the use of strategies and priorities to guide the allocation of resources to projects that are selected to achieve goals, objectives, and targets. Performance-Based Programming establishes clear linkages between investments made and expected outputs and outcomes. Read more…


Implementation Steps

Performance-Based Programming is broken down into two complementary subcomponents:

Making the Connection

Performance-Based Programming (Component 04) applies the priorities established in agency plans during the Performance-Based Planning process (Component 03) to allocate resources to particular projects that will contribute to goals and objectives determined in the Strategic Direction (Component 01) and targets established in Component 02. Future allocation is affected by the Monitoring and Adjustment (Component 05) of the impact projects had on performance outcomes.

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The Performance-Based Programming chapter contains three sections:

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What it Takes

A performance-based approach to programming is focused on project outcomes and how projects can drive progress towards goals, objectives, and performance targets. In this data-driven decision structure, there are a number of key factors that should be incorporated:

  • Influencing factor,
  • Internal collaboration,
  • External stakeholder involvement,and
  • Resource constraints.

Influencing factors such as how the political context will affect what projects are programmed.

Internal collaboration across performance areas are critical; silo-based programming and budgeting should be challenged.

External stakeholder involvement is needed to reaffirm the commitment to agency goals, objectives, and performance targets.

Funding and resource constraints should be considered from the outset by understanding all possibilities for applying different funding sources to particular types of projects. It is also important to consider other resource constraints that could limit use of funding.